Tinnitus

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  1. KWSMITH

    KWSMITH New Member

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    Anyone ever heard of a condition called Tinnitus? I just learned a couple of months ago that the ringing noise in my ears that I have been experiencing for the past 10 years has a name and it prevents me from getting much sleep. Was thinking about changing my name to sleepless in Virginia.
     
  2. flathead willie

    flathead willie Well-Known Member

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    I seem to have the same problem but I thought it was just Rock & Roll ear from standing in front of amplifiers for too many years.
     

  3. catfishkatmando

    catfishkatmando New Member

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    Ken I have had it for many years and it has manifested into bouts of vertigo that can be quite viloent, I have had therapy and surgery with no help. might be some thing you want to look into.
     
  4. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

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    Man, I can relate to that vertigo business... oooooooeeeeeee!!!:crazy:
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  5. Patmansc

    Patmansc Well-Known Member

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    I have tinnitis in both ears, as well as substantial hearing loss. I have hearing aids for both ears, and when I wear them I don't hear the ringing. But when they're out, the ringing is pretty loud and annoying.
     
  6. jlingle

    jlingle New Member

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    Wow, what a coincidence. I just learned a few weeks ago that I have tinnitis (sp?) as well. Mine was caused by lots of shooting, and loud barking dogs in the kennels. Now I wear hearing protection whenever I hunt or shoot and anytime I'm loading dogs to go train. The hearing doctor told me I didn't need hearing aids...... yet. He told me that I would eventually, there wasn't much to stop it. Oh well.
     
  7. safetybass

    safetybass New Member

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    tinnitis, noun

    from Web MD:

    What Causes It?
    "A wide variety of conditions and illnesses can lead to tinnitus. Blockages of the ear due to a buildup of wax, an ear infection, or rarely, a tumor of the nerve that allows us to hear (auditory nerve) can cause the unwanted sounds, as can a perforated eardrum.

    Certain drugs -- most notably aspirin, several types of antibiotics and quinine medications -- can contribute to the condition as well. In fact, tinnitus is cited as a potential side effect for about 200 prescription and nonprescription drugs.

    The natural process of aging can result in a deterioration of the cochlea or other parts of the ear and lead to tinnitus. Tinnitus is also associated with Meniere's disease, a disease that affects the inner part of the ear, and otosclerosis, a disease that results in stiffening of the small bones in the middle ear.

    Other medical conditions that can cause ringing in the ears include high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, anemia, allergies and an underactive thyroid gland. Tinnitus can also be a symptom of a problem in the neck or jaw, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome.

    But the most common source of long-lasting tinnitus is prolonged exposure to loud sounds. Up to 90% of people with tinnitus have some level of noise induced hearing loss. The noise causes permanent damage to the sound-sensitive cells of the cochlea, a spiral-shaped organ in the inner ear. Carpenters, pilots, rock musicians and street-repair workers are among those whose jobs put them at risk, as are people who work with chain saws, guns or other loud devices or who repeatedly listen to loud music. A single exposure to a sudden extremely loud noise can also cause tinnitus."


    Just one of thousands of potential occupational health issues we deal with. Like WebMD says, other causes exist, but excess noise is #1. Middle ear damage. Like several of you mentioned, see the bolded words above.
     
  8. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    I feel for ya brothers. I am cursed with it too! 25 years or so. I went through every test in the book. There can be many different causes,from high B/P to whacking out the little hairs in your ears with loud noise. The Dr,s finally came to the conclusion that my ringing was caused by a cyst growing on the bottom of my cerebellum. Mine gives me terrible headaches so I have been on a antidepressant~Nortriptaline~it helps the brain release it's own seritonin to control them, it works!
    It still drives me to distraction. How loud is yours? I explain to people by saying, it's like when you are on a river bank in the Summer and all of the peepers and critters are chirping.
    I can just shut my eyes and be on the river any time I want! lol
    Bowling was always my favorite league, the ringing never bothers me on the lanes lol. This malady is also the reason I had to retire early. I just couldn't operate well with the lack of sleep any more. I did the sleep study thing. it said that I awaken every four minutes through out the night.I just keep my eyes closed and try to dream. Any way the Dr.s prescribed amphetamines to remedy my fatigue. The City, my employer has a no tolerance drug policy. They wouldn't let me work tired,and the wouldn't let me work on speed. So here I sit retired and scared of loosing our insurance lol( see all I can do is laugh about it)
    Most people don't realize what we have to put up with with this kind of problem. If they cant see a disability then the don't think you have one. Good luck fellas and hang in there. :big_smile:
     
  9. rodpod

    rodpod New Member

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    I got tinnitus in one ear for about 2 weeks from my eardrum being ruptured. It was horrible..The louder things I was listening to got, the louder the ringing got. It threw off my balance pretty bad too. I think I would have went crazy if it lasted for years.
     
  10. fishinpals

    fishinpals New Member

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    Ringing in the ears can also be caused by depression and or anxiety with or without meds. Worn out jaw sockets are also a common cause. Of cousre this effects women more than men.:big_smile:
     
  11. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Jim, you better be careful with that woman stuff! My mom slapped me up side the head once,and it made my ears ring for a hour! lmao
     
  12. beeheck

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    I've had the ringing in the ears for 20+ years and it is a terrible thing to have to put up with. No one wants to listen to you complain about it so I just sit in my own little ringing world and smile a lot. I've thought about seeing a hearing specialist but everyone I know that has it said it didn't help unless you use hearing aids and they help occasionally. My favorite words, Huh?, What?, 7:10, and others. lol
     
  13. BamaCats Lady

    BamaCats Lady New Member

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    My heart goes out to you guys with tinnitus. I ruptured my eardrum last year just in time for a bunch of low pressure storms to rumble thru our area for a few weeks. It took about 3 weeks to heal,as it was a small tear, but I thought the ringing would never stop! I experienced some vertigo with it, enough to not want to carry either of my kids & could definitely NOT deal with either of them screaming or crying! I really feel for you folks. mine went away. I'll remember you all in my prayers.

    Now, Jim... was that ABSOLUTELY necessary? LOL
    Lisa
     
  14. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    I have sympathy for anyone with tinnitus.

    I've had tinnitus for about 30 years. Caused from working around the high pitch scream of gas turbines, compressors and control valves in petrochemical plants and not always wearing hearing protection that was provided. The company did yearly hearing test on all employees. Mine was was ok until a couple years before I retired when I suddenly lost most of my high frequency hearing. Workers comp payed me $5000 cash and will provide hearing aids for the rest of my life. The last set of "fully of in the ear aids" cost them $5800 a pair.

    I would think todays generation will have a lot of hearing problems caused from loud music.
     
  15. gadzooks

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    Went through a period of depression, tried all sorts of medicines to relieve it and one mix cause tinnitus. It finally went away when I changed meds again. Terrible to live with it though.
     
  16. bill_gfish

    bill_gfish New Member

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    Only 37 y/o and can't ever remember not having ringing in my ears. Kind of thought it was normal for a long time. I have to sleep with a fan on or some kind of background noise to drown it out. Each ear has it's own ring to it. The right ear is louder and sounds like I am in a field of crickets tapping high pitched tunning forks. Left ears basically just sounds like normal field of crickets but isn't as loud. however, both sometimes will all of a sudden get really loud for about 30 secs. then gradually go back to the normal ring like someone turning down a volume knob. It is something I've gotten used to and it doesn't bother me anymore. It sucks but ya just gotta live with it I suppose.
     
  17. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Mine does that too Bill, it gets real loud for a while then goes back down to my normal level. I have tried to discern any thing different in my food or other intake, b/p anything, but cant seem to find any one cause for the fluctuation. I also have to have a fan running for what sleep I get.
     
  18. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    I have been suffering with tinnitus. for a long time. I went to a hearing specialist last month and this is about the 5 th time I have done this and nothing can be done for it. I have lost about 65% of my hearing in both ears and the ringing is so loud it gets unbearable at times. I was fitted with 2 digital hearing aids and will pick them up on the 25th. The lady said it should quieten them down some. Sure hope so.
     
  19. cat tamer

    cat tamer New Member

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    I have that high pitch ringing that does not stop, when it gets quiet is when it is more noticible and almost unbearable. I look around to see if anyone can hear that ringing coming out of my ears. when someone says silence is golden they would not think so if they could hear what I hear.
    I feel for you guys.
     
  20. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    I get that too as do a couple of my friends. Shooting guns, using chainsaws, loud music and working around airplanes all had something to do with it. Its the worst when Im trying to sleep, have to have something going even if its just a fan or small radio.